In his work as a product liability attorney for Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., J.P. Sawyer saw far too many instances of children injured or killed in vehicle accidents because they were not properly secured. Even if child safety seats were present, many times even the best-intentioned parents do not properly install them, rendering them ineffective, with tragic results. Sawyer hopes to raise awareness of this important issue by partnering with the City of Montgomery to recognize Sept. 12-18 as Child Passenger Safety Week, in conjunction with a national campaign. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange presented Sawyer with a proclamation to this effect on Sept. 11.
“It is tragic to talk to people who thought they were doing a good thing, that they were doing the right thing, by buckling up their children in safety seats,” Sawyer said. “Then they find out that the seats weren’t installed properly, and they blame themselves if their child is injured.”
All 50 states, the District of Columbia and our territories have laws requiring the use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles. These laws were enacted because of the tremendous safety benefits they provide, helping to save lives and prevent serious injuries in the event of a crash. However, three out of every four child restraints are not properly used.
During National Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be hundreds of free child seat inspection stations set up throughout the country,beginning on Saturday, Sept. 12. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to take advantage of this service and ensure their childrenare getting the very best protection.
For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/childseat-spot.html.